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Winning at patents as a startup

I never liked patents. Being part of the Open Source and Linux community, I vividly remember archenemy Bill Gates and his patent lawsuits against everybody who tried to build amazing things for a greater good. You hear about 1-click buying patents fro ...

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IP and Hallucinogens – is it possible?

The blog provides an overview of the overlapping IP and ethical issues on the use of hallucinating substances such as LSD, psilocybin, MDMA etc. for psychedelics therapies. Mental illness is not restricted to any country and can affect anyone’s regula ...

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Case Study: Signify and the SAILS Methodology Approach. 3rd module of the MIPLM 2021/22

The SAILS approach was originally developed as a road-mapping tool for analyzing disruptive threats to a company’s business model. SAILS is an acronym and stands for the initials of the individual methodological building blocks: (S) Standards, (A) Arc ...

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For an optimized and up-to-date management of Intellectual Property – Why we need a DIN 77006

As you know, the world is in a constant state of change – ever faster, more interdisciplinary and more complex. This does not stop at the handling of intellectual property. On the contrary, the IP landscapes are becoming increasingly dense, more intra ...

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Function of HR departments in the protection of company trade secrets

Today’s firms are built on intangible capital, with assets in the form of software algorithms, brand, customer data, business plans, engineering specifications, product formulas and organizational capital. The Economist Intelligence Unit Survey Report ...

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IP Lessons from Vintage Tech

All IP is not valuable IP. In industry there are three essential components to valuable technical IP, i.e., Technology, Legal and Market. The latter one happens to be perhaps the prime reason why IP rights exist in the first place. As seen in FIG. 1, ...

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Managing the integration of IP and innovation in a digital world: 3rd module of the MIPLM 2022

Digitalization causes a complete paradigm shift of production and innovation options. In a digital environment, innovation systems and management of technology face new challenges. Product development and engineering departments across the globe need ...

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Did they really patent this use case? – The Lego eco-system

The LEGO group is a Danish toy company, which was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Christiansen. He was a carpenter who initially started with the production of wooden toys for children, but introduced in 1947 the now famous plastic bricks. In 2015 the Gro ...

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Portfolio analysis and the patent life cycle

As a result of the debate about patent value, patent valuation, and the usage of patents as assets, value-orientated patent portfolios were developed in the 2000s. The basic concept of a dedicated value chain for a patent is that a patent can be seen ...

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IP-Management series at CEIPI: Patent protection for digital solutions according to DIN77006 and ISO 56005

Since 2020 the DIN 77006 and ISO 56005 are in effect. They are quality standards to design digital use cases and other solutions like apps, customer journeys and business models to make them patentable and free of third-party rights. This university s ...

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